THE GOOD NEWS
DEEP CUT In the largest study of its kind, researchers have shown that the benefits of a low-fat diet aren't limited to certain groups. Whether you're young or old, male or female, white or black, cutting fat can lower cholesterol--and the risk of heart disease.
LESS CAN BE MORE A new lower-dose estrogen pill--half as potent as what is commonly prescribed--is an effective alternative for many postmenopausal women.
DOWNWARD TREND For the first time in decades, the number of new cancer cases is dropping. Mortality rates are falling too. Behind the decline: less tobacco use, improved treatments.